Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, UK, are hosting a screening of the documentary film Seahorse tomorrow evening (Tuesday 27 August), in association with Leeds Queer Film Festival. Trans Pregnancy project research Ruth Pearce will be participating in a live Q&A session afterwards, drawing on initial findings from our work.
The film follows the experiences of Freddy McConnell as he becomes a father:
Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but this poses unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but he was unprepared for the reality of pregnancy, both physically and challenging society’s fundamental understanding of gender and family. To him what feels pragmatic, to others feels confronting; this was not part of his plan.
Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.
For the Q&A, Ruth will be joining Freddy, director Jeanie Finlay, and Yuval Topper-Erez, a member of our Advisory Board who became famous in Israel following his own experience of giving birth. The discussion will be chaired by BAFTA-nominated producer Mia Bays.
Seahorse is being screened in cinemas across the UK over the next few weeks, plus at the Queer Screen Festival in Sydney, Australia on 22 September. A full list of dates can be found on the film’s website.